Question: Just because people are in ghaflat of death does that mean that they don’t believe in death?
No, they believe in death, I mean, everyone is dying right? How can you not believe in death? That’s one thing that whether you’re Muslim, Christian, Jew, believer or unbeliever you have to believe. That’s death. It’s going to come. It’s not that they don’t believe in the death anymore, but they believe more in this life, this life is more of a reality than the death, it’s more real. This world of five senses is more real, our pleasures and treasures and our passions, this is more real. That life that is to come is not real. Understand? This is what makes people to turn their face away.
It’s there, every day people are dying, they believe that. But people don’t like to do it because it’s not important. Meaning Ahiret is not that important. If it is very important, whatever that is important to you, you’re going to run after, no? It’s going to occupy your mind, your heart, you’re going to talk about it, you’re going to sing about it, you’re going to laugh about it, you’re going to joke about it, you’re going to talk serious about it, you’re going to be busy with it. Ahiret is not important anymore to Muslims, dunya is. Because everything that you see, it’s concerning dunya. Ahiret has become, ‘oh, you’re religious. I see. That’s why you talk about it. We’re not religious. We’re Muslims, but we’re not religious. So what?’ It didn’t use to be like this. There’s no such thing as religious or not religious. You’re a Muslim, you’re a Muslim. You know that these things are more important, some things are less important. And every Prophet came to bring us back, to align us. Every saint came, every Sheykh came, every Alim is supposed to keep us aligned. Don’t get lost in this dunya to say that this world of the senses it is more important. To get drunk, to be blind.
So, people don’t believe in it so much anymore. Why they don’t believe in it so much anymore? Because the real ones who can show you the reality of that, they have kicked aside. They have killed, they have buried, they have made fun of, they have thrown them out. Do you understand? Today America is like this, no? They say, ‘what are we going to do now?’ We have one half of the government, the more important half, lets say, and the president, he is going against to everything the constitution is saying, but they can get away with it because it is the law. So, what are we going to do now? Lets leave aside whether he’s doing good or bad, lets leave that aside. He can also be doing good, lets say, but he’s going against to what the constitution or the tradition of how you obey these laws are going to be, he’s going against that. What people thought you should not be doing, he’s doing and he’s getting away with it because he’s supported. There are still people who believe that what he’s doing is against to the law, against the spirit of the law. What if all these people who are speaking up against him, they are all finished? What if they are all finished? Or they are silenced and only this voice comes out. What’s going to happen? No longer you think he’s doing something that is against the law, you say, ‘this is the law. This is how he should be doing things.’ And if that continues for years and decades, you say, ‘this is how it is, how it will be, how it’s always been.’ So you forget. Correct? What happens, why do you forget? Because everyone who is going there to remind you, all the people, all the institutions, everything in life that is going to remind you of that is removed.
So this is what’s happened to us. Those ones who are standing up to represent real Islam, traditional Islam, Islam of Khilafat, they’ve all been removed. So now although you have Tasawwuf, Ahli Sunnat, this, that, whatever you call it, they are not Islam of Khilafat, Islam of the Prophet, Khilafat means Islam of the Prophet (AS). They have all been removed and people say, ‘this is how it is, this is how it should be, this is how it always has been. It’s always been like this, it’s not going to change, and we don’t want it to change.’ Then what is it? This dunya is more important. Then they say, ‘no, no, no, if you say Ahiret is more important, then you’re kicking away the dunya.’
It’s never been like that in fourteen hundred years of Islam, never been. Sultan Abdul Hamid Han is writing a love letter to his Lord, you understand? This is private too. His connection to Allah and His Prophet is so personal, is so emotional, it’s so religious, it’s so Tasawwuf based, yet he’s pushing for every kind of advancement that they can have in the lands that they are ruling. Don’t give me that wrong things, wrong understanding to say, ‘oh, they stopped modernity and they stopped industrial revolution from happening,’ what, Industrial Revolution that happened in Europe? That killed off generations of people? What, the industrial revolution that was funded by stealing and killing, that you take from India, Muslim India, and other parts of the East that you colonized and you sucked out all their juice and all their resources and you pumped to fund your industrial revolution? That kind of industrial revolution we don’t want, there’s no blessing, there’s curse, and we see the curse coming today.
No, there is a way of doing things. You want modernity, yes. You want science, yes. You want medicine, yes. You want engineering, yes. There is a way of doing it, we forgot, there is a way of doing it with Allah and His Prophet’s blessings and approval. And we have been doing it for over a thousand years. There is a way of economy, there is a way of medicine, there is a way of philosophy, there is a way of everything, I mean, we don’t like to use the word philosophy, but there is a way of this life, of civilization, not according to how people say, ‘this is how it is,’ but according to our own terms. And it’s not about East and West too, because Islam was taking from both East and West, making it to become better. It’s not about this race and that race too, Islam was taking from everything, because Muslims come from every race, and every race that Allah (SWT) has created, every culture, there is some secret there, there is some use there, for Haqq, and to make this world to become better.
So when you get rid of people who remind you, people forget. When people forget then there is a new, what do you call it, a new normalcy, a new normal. It used to be very, very radical, it used to be very unusual, it used to be very bad, it used to be very shocking, but if it happens over and over and over again, people just get used to it, no? People got used to it. So they removed all the reminders. Who did they remove? Ahli Zikr. They removed the Ahli Zikr, the reminders. Not just people pulling tasbih, not just people making hadra, no, no, no. Ahli Zikr. To remind them. To put everything together, to remind them, to wake them up. Those who can take dunya and Ahiret, what is in this earth and what is in the heavens, past and present, put it together for us to understand. They took them away. So this became the new normal. A lot of people say, ‘oh yeah, I am Ashq-e-Nabi, I am Ashq-e-Rasul,’ but you see they don’t pray. ‘Yeah, I’m Ashq-e-Rasul. I love all people.’ You love those ones who hate the Prophet too? ‘Yeah, because Prophet loves everyone.’ Who is saying Prophet loves everyone? The Prophet loves what Allah loves. And if that one is hating Allah and His Prophet, Prophet (AS), when it’s necessary, he will stand up in front of them to crush them, even if it is his own family.
So it’s finished. May Allah bring back the Ahli Zikr insyaAllah, may Allah bring back the Ottomans, this is the important thing about the Ahli Osman, everywhere you turn you cannot forget Allah and His Prophet. Everywhere you turn. Can you imagine now if you go to the center of any great, let’s say, civilization, for example, you go to New York City, and every other street you see a Jami, every other street you see a tomb. You go to Washington D.C., you go to the Pentagon, you go to different areas there, every other place there you see a reminder of Allah and His Prophet, never mind, let it be Christian even. When they take away the belief in Allah, the belief in the Creator, then what is there to worship? Yourself. You start saying, ‘I am the greatest.’
So this is what it was with the Ottomans, the highest level of wealth or civilization or highest dunya, they never make you to forget Allah and His Prophet (AS). They never. So they had to remove the Ahli Zikr for this to work. May Allah forgive us insyaAllah. Fatiha, amin. Selam aleykum.
Shaykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
Osmanli Dergah, New York
20 Jamada al-Ahir 1441
February 14, 2020